Gender-Based Persecution for Female Asylum Seekers
There are 79.5 million forcibly displaced persons worldwide, at least half of those are women and girls. Although women and girls consist of half the population of refugees, they are considered a “minority” and a “vulnerable group.” This is not due to their number but, rather, it is due to the systemic discrimination and subordination of their status. Furtherly, women continue to suffer from discrimination, whether implicitly or explicitly, and they are often denied the opportunity of being equal to men in all aspects of daily living.
Violence against women manifests in the following ways:
- Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV);
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM);
- Domestic violence;
- “Honour” crimes;
- Forced prostitution or forced labour; and
- Forced sterilisation and abortion.